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Martin Willitts Jr.

Martin WillitsMartin Willitts Jr. has 24 chapbooks including the winner of the Turtle Island Quarterly Editor’s Choice Award, The Wire Fence Holding Back the World (Flowstone Press, 2017), plus 16 full-length collections The Uncertain Lover, Coming Home Celebration. Forthcoming books include Harvest Time (Deerbrook Press) and the Blue Light Award winner The Temporary World. He is an editor for Comstock Review.



what I thought was pink rain
were cherry blossoms

an embassy of sparrows
congregated in the branches

riffling songs
stumbling joy

the world was changing
in quickening seconds

what seemed mystical
was really everyday presence

The Way

the body does not let go of its journey
it resists each undecided step
along the way

stopping to observe
if it is time to leave or stay
or to be allowed to follow the calling

the body resists or receives
it cannot resolve its dilemma
until it accepts all of its mistakes

all those times it should have hesitated
the body forgives

if you need to let go then go
if you need to stay then stay
nothing will stand in your way


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